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The company reported $853 million in total revenues for the quarter, driven by growth across its sequencing and microarray products.

Though the firm's total revenues were down year over year, its product and service revenue soared on sales of its ConfirmMDx Prostate cancer assay.

Within diagnostics, Beckman Coulter saw core revenue growth in the low-single digits, while Cepheid was up in the double digits for the quarter.

Molecular diagnostics revenues rose 5 percent driven in part by growth in infectious disease testing, a core area of diagnostic market focus for the firm.

The company said it saw record-setting growth in new products in fiscal 2018 with increasing reimbursement adding to its hereditary cancer business.

The firm's overall growth in the quarter was led largely by 9 percent growth in its Diagnostics and Genomics Group.

The company also said it launched a new comprehensive diagnostic called HeartCare for surveillance of heart transplant patients.

The decline was in line with what the company preliminarily reported last month, reflecting much lower collaboration revenues than in the prior year period.

The firm placed 65 sample-to-answer systems under contract in the second quarter compared to 35 systems in the prior-year quarter.

The company's life sciences segment had $1.08 billion in revenues, driven by strong performance of the preanalytical systems, diagnostic systems, and biosciences units.

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